Update, Nov. 4 — Russell will remain sidelined for Friday’s rematch with the Clippers after leaving Wednesday due to a sprained ankle. D’Lo was replaced by McLaughlin in the starting lineup and that should be the case again to close out the week.
Update: Russell has been ruled out for the team’s Wednesday clash against the LA Clippers with an ankle injury. It appears the setback is going to keep the point guard out of the rotation for some time, which is tough news for the Timberwolves. Minnesota is battling for a playoff spot this season, and every game counts for a team expected to have no margin for error. That means Russell has to come back as soon as he’s healthy, or Minnesota could be in trouble again.
Minnesota Timberwolves G D’Angelo Russell will not return in the second half of Monday’s game vs. the Orlando Magic after suffering an ankle sprain. He’s not out there to start the second half, replaced by Jordan McLaughlin in the starting five to start things off. D’Lo has a sprain and will not return with the team up on the Magic. The Timberwolves have played well and will just have to lean on their other two stars: Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards.
This should be a pretty easy time for the T-Wolves down the stretch against Orlando. We’ll see how serious of an ankle sprain it is. Russell could be back in a game or two or miss extended time if it’s considered bad. Minnesota has the players to step up in place of D’Lo. Edwards and KAT each have over 15 points in the third quarter against the Magic.
Malik Beasley is getting more run off the bench and was one of the team’s leading scorers last season before being suspended. McLaughlin has also played well and will get some more playing time in the back court if Russell misses time.